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Municipal Museum of Leiden (Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal )

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Address: Oude Singel 28-32, 2312 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 (0)71 5165360
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Museum De Lakenhal is the museum for the arts, crafts and history of the...
Museum De Lakenhal is the museum for the arts, crafts and history of the city of Leiden (NL). Since 1874 it has been housed in the Laecken-Halle (cloth hall), a 17th century city palace that once was the bustling centre of Leiden's cloth trade. Highlights of the collection are works by old masters such as Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt and Jan Steen, but also works by contemporary artists such as Theo van Doesburg, Jan Wolkers and Erwin Olaf. The museum depicts the history of Leiden as from the relief of Leiden on 3 October 1574. Museum De Lakenhal features a wealth of beautiful period rooms and interior decorations. The original building was constructed in 1641 by architect Arent van 's-Gravensande and is one of the finest exeamples of Dutch Classicism.
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Paintings and history

The museum has a good collection of 17th century paintings and also gives information about the history of the town. However, I feel that the art section overshadows the history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The museum has a good collection of 17th century paintings and also gives information about the history of the town. However, I feel that the art section overshadows the history section. More should be made of that.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We went primarily to see the Leiden Collection of New York and were a bit disappointed that it filled only one room. The Gerrit Dou paintings, owned by a NY collector, are very fine, and there are also five works by artists associated with Dou, including a charming early work by his best-known and most talented pupil, Frans van Mieris.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

For the people that don´t go to museums a lot this museum is not that interesting. The museum looks nice, in the old building. A lot of small rooms. The paintings itself tell the story of Leiden, but it was not very interesting. Fun too see, if you have time left.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

A beautiful historic building featuring a collection of local painters mainly 17th century plus temporary exhibitions.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

OK, I admit I went in just wanting to see Rembrandt's works and was disappointed only to see a single, rather early one. Some rooms were temporarily closed though so there may be more. Anyway, I decided to relax and just see whatever else was there and suddenly in what felt like a tiny kitchen corridor, I came across the... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Beautiful building housing a vast art collection including paintings by Dutch Masters such as Jan van Goyen. It is worth doing the audio tour (included in the ticket price) for more information on the art on display.

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Hillegom, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Ever have difficulties to get 5 boys at the age of 9 quiet and turn them into little lambs? Bring them to museum De Lakenhal in Leiden. Let them sit in front of the painting 'The last judgement' by Lucas Van Leyden. There is so much to tell just by looking at that painting. Is there good, is there bad?... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

A pity that I couldn't take pictures to give you some impressions of the museum, but it has some great stuff... Specially the ones from Lucas van Leyden, but there is more as the city of Leiden had some great painters, some known and others less known... The museum has more, such as a hidden catholic chapel, some old rooms,... More 

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Lakenhal, Public Relations Manager at Municipal Museum of Leiden (Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal ), responded to this review

Goodmorning! Thank you very much for the flattering review you wrote after visiting Museum De Lakenhal. We are very pleased knowing you enjoyed your visit. It's a pity you were under the impression that it's not allowed to take photographs of the artworks, because it is actually allowed! Apart from the temporary exhibitions we welcome our visitors to take pictures... More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

For the not so seasoned museum visitor, the Lakenhal museum seems a little bit disconnected. The temporary exhibition on utopia is extensive and tries to guide the visitor through the various phases in the early 20th century. I say "tries" because it is not always easy to follow, even with the written guide in hand. The permanent display has some... More 

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The museum is actually two museums in one. The art, including a very good Lucas van Leyden, makes up one part, whilst the history of Leiden and its seige is set out in the 'attic'.

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